With Thanksgiving officially over, we thought it might be nice to think about a couple of turkeys that did not meet the same end as the ones devoured by millions of people on this November holiday.
On Wednesday, November 25, 2009, President of the United States Barack Obama gave the first official pardon of his administration. Two turkeys were granted the reprieve and allowed to live out the rest of their days in relative peace, starting at Disneyland in California.
The two turkeys, named Courage and Carolina were part of a ceremony that is said to date back over fifty years to the Truman Presidency. In the ceremony, Obama made a few comments and garnered a few laughs before saying the words releasing the birds.
“Today, I’m pleased to announce that , thanks to the interventions of Malia and Sasha, because I was planning to eat this sucker, Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate!” said President Obama during the ceremony. “Later today he’ll head to Disneyland where he’ll be grand marshall of tomorrow’s parade.”
“You know there are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office,” continued Obama later in the ceremony. “And then there are moments like this where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland.”
“I hereby pardon Courage so that he can live out the rest of his days in peace and tranquility in Disneyland.”
For a short video of the ceremony from the Associated Press, see below: